Special educational needs

If your child is struggling at school you will know how worrying and frustrating it can be to negotiate the system to get the right type of support. TheSchoolRun's SEN articles will help you understand what is meant by a learning need and explain the policies and guidance in place to ensure your child’s needs are met at school. We also suggest ways you can support your child's education at home and give them a positive and successful experience of learning.

We offer details of further help and information as well as an outline of some of the most common types of special educational needs: dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorders.

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Educational psychologist

Hi everyone
I am new to the site however I was wondering if anyone out there knows of a very good educational psychologist.
My son is 9 and has learning difficulties he is currently being home schooled as the the school here is unable to facilitate his needs. (we live in Germany with the MOD) 

Petition for mandatory specialist dyslexia training during Initial Teacher Training

Hello Everyone! 

My name is Becky, I work at the national dyslexia charity Dyslexia Action. 

Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to improve lives through education. We are the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties and specialise in assessments, teaching and training. We also develop and distribute teaching materials and undertake research. We have 25 centres and 97 teaching locations around the UK.

What are we working on at the moment? 

Oh, this process is so slooooooooowwwwwwwwwww

Well it is! Given we started this process back in- October, was it?- and its now pushing May, it's been a while. I'd hoped to start transitioning Alex this term, as soon as possible really, guess that isn't happening any time soon!!!

MP's 'shocked' by SEN teens plight


MPs have expressed shock that almost a third of 18-year-olds with special educational needs are not in any form of education, employment or training.

Too many young people are falling through the gaps once they leave school, the Commons Public Accounts Committee says.

Its report finds the system is so complex that some families lose hope.

*rolls eyes*no kidding

Dyslexia parent champions wanted

Could you be a Dyslexia Parent Champion?

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust is recruiting a national team of Parent Champions. It’s looking for volunteers who are passionate about helping parents and carers of children with dyslexia and other difficulties with learning – and can give an hour a month to help families in their local community. 

Am I insane????


Today I have rung up the LEA educational psychology parent line and had a nice chat about Alex and his future education.

I have telephoned a local mainstream school and asked to speak to the senco re a meeting about possible year 10 entry for flexi/ dual schooling.

I have also been to Alex's school and requested his Annual Review be put forward to as soon as is possible, which is likely to be in the new year, even so.

And I feel, literally, sick!

Anyone done flexi or dual schooling?